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Thomas Edison State College (School of Nursing)




The School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College offers online distance learning programs to registered nurses (RNs) from throughout the country who want or need an alternative to campus-based instruction. All programs are offered as online mentored, independent learning programs where students participate actively as a community of learners through the asynchronous online group discussions integral to each nursing course.

Programs available to RNs through the School of Nursing include the RN-BSN/MSN Nurse Educator degree program and a Nurse Educator Certificate program. RN graduates of associate degree programs and RN diploma nursing schools may enroll to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program only (RN-BSN), or both the BSN degree and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program (RN-BSN/MSN degree program). The BSN degree will be awarded on completion of all requirements for that degree program whether continuing on for the MSN degree or stopping with the BSN degree. RNs with a previously completed BSN degree may enroll in the MSN degree program (BSN-MSN). All graduates of the MSN degree program will receive a Nurse Educator Certificate on degree completion in addition to the diploma. RNs with a master’s degree in nursing in another area of specialty may enroll in the Nurse Educator Certificate program.

Currently, the School has a student enrollment of more than 700 experienced nurses from approximately 29 states with a minority representation of 25 percent, and a male representation of 10 percent. The average age of the enrolled RN is 41; most have more than 20 years experience in nursing and many hold full-time positions of leadership in a variety of healthcare settings around the country.

Mentors for the courses are experienced nurse educators from baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs and service settings from throughout the country who may also serve on an as needed basis to fulfill many of the other roles traditionally held by nurse faculty in campus-based programs. In addition to course mentoring, select mentors serve as members of the School of Nursing Committee to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of the School's programs.

In 2005, the School of Nursing, recognized as a national leader in the preparation of nurse educators for online teaching, was awarded a three year grant by the Human Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) to increase diversity in nursing through the recruitment and preparation of minority nurse educators for online teaching. This project includes completion of the College’s Certificate in Distance Education Program by the grant participants, a mentored online teaching practicum in one of the School’s undergraduate nursing courses, maintenance of a database of the grant participants to share with schools nationwide seeking minority nurse educators, and an annual Distinguished Lectureship on Diversity in Nursing.

MISSION & PHILOSOPHY

The School of Nursing accepts and upholds the mission of the College in providing flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adult learners. As such, the School of Nursing Committee mentors believe that independent and self-directed study in a mentored online environment is the hallmark of the academic programs offered to RNs by the School of Nursing. In this learning environment, the RN student, as an adult learner, interacts and collaborates with mentors and peers to create and enhance a dialogue within a community of learners. Through this innovative approach to programming, the School of Nursing assists in shaping the nursing profession by preparing nurses who are clinically competent and technologically adept to assume leadership positions in nursing education, practice and research.

The mentors believe that attainment of the baccalaureate degree is essential to the ongoing process of professional nursing education and development. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, building on the prior education and experience of the registered nurse student, prepares graduates to practice nursing in a variety of settings and roles and provides a foundation for graduate study and life-long learning. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in a diverse, technologically challenging and global healthcare environment as educators and practitioners, and for advanced study and lifelong learning. The Nurse Educator Certificate program offers opportunities for advanced specialized study to master’s prepared nurses seeking teaching opportunities in nursing and healthcare education.

The mentors believe that nursing is a dynamic profession which provides an essential service to society. As such, nursing is engaged in multilevel roles and relationships and is accountable to society for its role in improving the health status of the community.

Nursing is practiced with respect for human dignity and individual differences. The art and science of nursing requires the ongoing application of specialized knowledge, principles, skills and values. As a distinct body of knowledge, nursing builds upon theories from various disciplines and works collaboratively with other professions to enhance the health status of individuals, families, groups and communities.The mentors view the client as an open and dynamic system with unique psycho-physiological, spiritual and sociocultural characteristics. Within this system, the client interacts with the environment and experiences varying states of health. Health is described as a dynamic process fluctuating along a wellness-illness continuum. Nurses assist clients to function and effectively adapt to the environment along that continuum.The environment encompasses numerous factors which affect the development and behavior of clients. These factors have an impact on the client’s ability to function and maintain optimal health status. Nurses, through the systematic use of the nursing process are responsible for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.

The mentors are committed to the belief that the School of Nursing must: adhere to the principles of adult learning; demonstrate effective design and delivery of distance learning environments; provide for collaboration and collegial interaction among staff, mentors and peers; effectively link theory, practice, research and technology; and extend its reach to people of diverse ethnic, racial, economic and gender groups.

Through mentors’ beliefs and contributions to the ongoing development of caring, competent, informed, ethical and accountable nurses, the School of Nursing strives to play an influential and positive role in helping to shape the future and practice of professional nursing.

PURPOSE & GOALS

In keeping with the mission of the College and the commitment to providing high-quality education to address the needs of the greater community, the purpose of the School of Nursing is to provide high-quality nursing education programs that meet the needs of RNs and the healthcare community, and the standards of the nursing profession.

The Goals of the School of Nursing are to:
• Prepare graduates to assume leadership roles in a diverse society and changing healthcare environment
• Provide nontraditional nursing education programs that meet the needs of adult learners
• Provide a foundation for advanced study and lifelong learning



School name:Thomas Edison State College School of Nursing
Address:101 West State Street
Zip & city:NJ 08608 New Jersey
Phone:(609) 633-6460
Web:http://www.tesc.edu/1524.php
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SEMINAR IN CLINICAL COMPETENCE
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the BSN and MSN degree programs. Designed as the final course in the BSN degree, and the first course to be scheduled in the MSN degree program, this course provides students with the learning experiences they need to develop and apply their knowledge of critical thinking, reflective thinking, and transformative learning to develop an e-portfolio that presents evidence of both their clinical competence in a selected area of clinical practice and their academic achievement. Assignments completed in the undergraduate nursing courses may be entered into the e-portfolio by BSN students. The e-portfolio will be updated with course assignments and professional and educational experiences as the student progresses through the MSN degree program. Synthesis of the e-portfolio with submission of a formal paper in the final education practicum will be required for MSN degree students.

EMERGING TRENDS IN HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the BSN and the MSN degree programs and to nonenrolled RNs with a BSN degree.
This course is designed to examine the impact of current and emerging technology on nursing and healthcare. The role of the advanced practice nurse in managing health within this context is examined. Sociocultural, ethical and legal influences and health policy aspects will be addressed. The implications of technology for the role of the advanced practice nurse in practice, education, administration and research will be examined.

HEALTH POLICY
This course provides students with a platform to understand how health policy is initiated, formulated and implemented in the United States. A comprehensive model of policy making is introduced and core elements of health policy analysis are used to realize how politics, ethics and the economic, social and cultural landscape influence policy making. Key healthcare trends, forces and issues that shape health policy are emphasized, and the role of the profession of nursing and the individual nurse in policy making is explored.

EVIDENCE BASED NURSING PRACTICE
The emphasis for this course is on the elements of Evidence Based Nursing Practice (EBP). Focus is placed on research utilization through student selection, examination and resolution of an individual or selected patient population clinical nursing problem. Exploration and integration of extant scientific evidence, use of clinical judgment, identification of patient preferences and assessment of available resources are the conceptual elements used to promote clinical practice decision making.

NURSING LEADERSHIP IN A GLOBAL COMMUNITY
This course examines human diversity and healthcare through a global perspective. Issues of social justice and allocation of resources across populations are examined. The impact of bio and digital technology on healthcare, disease prevention and health promotion is also examined. The practice of nursing and its leadership role across the global community are examined within this perspective.

MEDIATION IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the MSN degree program. For anyone who works with, or experiences, conflict, this elective course can be used to manage conflict on the job and develop a more effective workplace. It teaches how to participate in meetings, with your family or in day-to-day happenings in society. Personally, one can learn how to work through difficulties and strengthen one’s decision-making and problem-solving abilities. Students will discuss the financial and emotional cost of conflict and learn strategies to increase resolution satisfaction. Assessment scales, analysis tools and case studies will engage students in real life situations where conflict resolution skills can be practiced.

HEALTHCARE FINANCE FOR NURSING
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the MSN degree program. This elective course provides an overview of healthcare finance specific to the nurse educator role in a variety of educational transactions. It enables the student to build and develop budgeting and financial analysis skills, culminating in the ability to combine budgeting and financial analysis in writing a business or grant proposal.

HISTORY OF AMERICAN NURSING
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the MSN degree program. In this graduate course, students will explore the evolution of professional nursing in America in the context of the times. The course begins with the end of the Civil War in 1865 and ends a century later, with the primary focus on the formative and transformative years 1873 – 1948. Societal forces that led to the establishment of Training Schools for Nurses toward the end of the first century of the Republic and the evolution of the profession to meet America’s needs are examined. The contributions of diverse elements of the American population including genders, ethnicity, poverty, and wealth are integral to this course.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR NURSE EDUCATORS
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the MSN degree program. This elective course is designed to provide learners with the information and learning experiences they need to use Web and non-Web based instructional technologies and learning management applications in educational practice. The learner’s knowledge of instructional design, learning theory, curriculum design, and evaluation strategies are integrated components of the course.

INDEPENDENT STUDY IN INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the MSN degree program. This elective course provides the student, in conjunction with the mentor, the opportunity to develop, implement, or explore and report on a project of individual interest. This in-depth project must be relevant to nursing education and focus on instructional design and instructional technology.

THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES IN NURSING EDUCATION
Open only to RNs with a BSN degree. This course is designed to provide the foundation for understanding theories, philosophies and strategies of teaching and learning that have influenced, and still influence, nursing education. Principles of adult education, teaching and learning theories, and strategies will be discussed. The three domains of learning: cognitive, affective and psychomotor in relation to nursing education will be explored throughout the course. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own methods of learning and develop their own philosophy of education. Ethical and legal issues as related to students in all different environments will be emphasized. This course sets the foundation for all of the other education courses in the curriculum.

CURRICULUM THEORY AND DEVELOPMENT IN NURSING EDUCATION
This course is designed to address the study of curriculum development, design, implementation and evaluation in nursing education. Historical and philosophical foundations of nursing education are examined. The practical application and synthesis of curriculum theory is emphasized. The role of the educator in the dynamic relationship between the practice setting, research and curriculum is examined.

TESTING, ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
Open only to RNs with a BSN degree. Course emphasis is on preparing teachers in nursing curricula to focus on learning outcomes. The concepts of measurement and evaluation are examined as the basis for studying how instruction, testing, assessment and evaluation of student learning are interrelated. Formative, summative, qualitative and quantitative assessment methodologies are applied to evaluate instruction and learning in various educational settings.

NURSING EDUCATION SEMINAR AND ONGROUND PRACTICUM
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the MSN degree and Nurse Educator Certificate programs. The purpose of this course is for the student to synthesize education and nursing theory, instructional strategies and clinical competence into the role of the nurse educator in a face-to-face setting. An individualized educational practicum in a specific area of clinical emphasis is chosen by the student and monitored by the mentor and the onground preceptor. In this experience students are required to reflect on their prior learning as they transition into leadership roles in education and practice settings.

NURSING EDUCATION SEMINAR AND ONLINE PRACTICUM
Open only to Thomas Edison State College students enrolled in the MSN degree and Nurse Educator Certificate programs. The purpose of this capstone course is for the student to synthesize educational and nursing theory, instructional strategies and clinical competence into the role of the nurse educator in an online setting. An individualized, educational practicum in the online environment is assigned and monitored by the mentor and online preceptor. In this culminating experience students are required to reflect on their prior learning as they transition into leadership roles in education and practice settings.

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